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" will be remembers most for his most famous character, j.r. ewing, the most despised and loved villain in tv history. he was as charismatic as he was evil. he was one of the most colorful and villainized characters on television, j.r. ewing. >> you'll find all kinds of ways to skin a cat. >> reporter: when larry hagman took the role on, it was only supposed to last a few weeks. but "dallas" became a hit and the role, a part of television history. in his last sitdown interview with abc station wfaa, hagman revealed -- >> i was thinking we could get six shows out of this and walk away and go on vacation. >> reporter: no vacation, as hagman's character, the mischievous oil tycoon and his antics, made "dallas" one of the biggest hits in the '80s. and recently, hagman and his co-stars were reunited as the show, just retooled for modern times. >> i hate to hit a man below the belt. but you know i will. >> reporter: he also made the cowboy hat cool to wear. >> well, i'll second that. >> reporter: at the age of 81, hagman died last night due to complications from throat cancer. the actor's family released a
of course as the villain j.r. ewing on his star with dallas. lost his battle with cancer dallas hospital. linda gray had this to say on the star's passing. larry hagman was my best friend for 35 years. he brought joy to everyone he knew. i will miss him enor muresly. >> she was at his side. >> he he was apparently surrounded by family and friends. >> hagman was the son of mary martin. he was also known for his role as major tony nelson in i dream of jeanne, of course, he was 81 years old. >> he never became hollywood. larry hagman remained dallas. he was from fort worth and he always will stand for dallas. what a legend. love that guy. >> check in with rick reichmuth and see what our weekend first alert forecast looks like. >> looking good. you worry about thanksgiving weekend for travelers getting home and maybe another storm at the end of it we made through the entire thing scot-free. it's cold. 13 degrees in minneapolis. the tenks have dropped off from where you were on wednesday. aside from that, no big storms. cold front eastern seaboard. behind it a ton of sunshine. there will be a
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